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The Zuckerberg Institute
for Water Research (ZIWR)

​Sede Boqer campus


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Sede Boqer Campus is located 53 kilometers (32 miles) south of Beer-Sheva, adjacent to David Ben-Gurion's gravesite overlooking the majestic Zin Canyon.

It is home to the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.​


Useful links to reach the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research:

Waze map;

Google maps;

Sede Boqer campus map.


Detailed directions:


To the Ben-Gurion Main Campus in Beer Sheva:


By train

Take the train to Beer Sheva. Disembark the train at “Beer-Sheva North/University" station (this is

the first of two stops in Beer-Sheva). Upon exiting the station, turn right onto the “Mexico Bridge"

which leads to the Marcus Family Campus. (For on campus directions see map below). The train

journey takes about 55 minutes (from Tel Aviv).

For the train schedule, visit Israel Railways website: http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx


By Car

From Tel-Aviv (the journey should take about 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on traffic)-

Via toll free road:

Head south on the Ayalon Highway (Route #20), stay in the left lane.

When you see a sign for "Holon/Bat Yam" continue straight.

Merge onto Highway #4 to Ashdod.

Almost immediately after the Ashdod exit is the exit for Beer Sheva. You will connect to route #41.

Follow the signs to Beer-Sheva until you get to a T-junction (Gedera) where you will turn right onto

route #40.

Take route #40 all the way to Beer-Sheva. The entrance to the city is a very large four-way junction.

(Note that at Goral Junction, route #40 turns to route # 406 for those continuing straight to Beer

Sheva).

Continue straight and at the 5th traffic light (they are numbered) turn left.

You have reached the University Gate.


Via Road 6, a toll road:

On the Ayalon Highway (Route #20), take the exit to Jerusalem (Route #1).

After 20 kilometers (12 1⁄2 miles), at “Ben-Shemen" interchange, Route #1 and Route #6 merge.

At Daniel interchange, continue on Route #6. When route #6 ends, it connects to route #40. Take

route #40 all the way to Beer-Sheva. (Note that at Goral Junction, route #40 turns to route # 406 for

those continuing straight to Beer Sheva). The entrance to the city is a very large four-way junction.

Continue straight, and at the 5th traffic light (they are numbered), turn left. You have reached the

University Gate.


From Jerusalem (the journey should take about 1 hour 30 minutes, depending on traffic):

Take Route #1 to “Ben-Shemen" interchange, where Route #1 and Route #6 merge.

At Daniel interchange, continue on Route #6. When route #6 ends, it connects to route #40. Take

route #40 all the way to Beer-Sheva. The entrance to the city is a very large four-way junction. (Note

that at Goral Junction, route #40 turns to route # 406 for those continuing straight to Beer Sheva).

The entrance to the city is a very large four-way junction.

Continue on straight and at the 5th traffic light (they are numbered), turn left to the University.


Parking at Ben-Gurion Main Campus

If you are arriving at the Main Campus by private car, please contact your visit coordinator to arrange for a vehicle entrance and parking permit. The permits require vehicle details such as car model and make, color and license plate number, so be sure to have this information available.

Please be aware that you may be asked to show some form of identification.



To the Sede-Boqer Campus at Midreshet Ben-Gurion


(Please note there is no train service to Sede Boqer)

By Bus: http://www.bus.co.il/otobusimmvc/Metropoline_Lines

Bus service is provided by the METROPOLINE Bus Company. Busses # 60 and # 64 are the most convenient, and come up to the main gate of Midreshet Ben-Gurion. D on not get off at Kibbutz Sede Boqer, Ask for the "THE MIDRASHA". You may also take the # 65, but will then need to get off the bus at the intersection, adding a 12 minute walk to get to the main gate of the Midrashah. From the bus stop, walk through the Yellow gates, continuing straight to a "T" junction. Turn left and continue walking straight to ZIWR, left of the first roundabout.

By car

Take Route # 40 southward all the way to Telalim Junction.​

Turn left toward Mizpe Ramon, turn right at the Sede Boqer Junction.

5-6 km (about 3 1⁄2 miles) ahead is the Sede-Boqer Campus at the Midreshet Ben-Gurion.

Avoid entering Kibbutz Sede Boqer! The campus and the kibbutz are close but have separate entrances. See map for directions at the institutes.

The distance from Tel-Aviv to Sede Boqer is 150 kilometers (93 miles) and driving time is approximately 2 hours. From the Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva to the Sede-Boqer Campus at Midreshet Ben-Gurion

Upon exiting the campus, turn left on Rager Boulevard all the way to David Tuviyahu Street (2 1⁄2 kilometers (1 1⁄2 miles).

Turn left on David Tuviyahu Street (also labeled Eilat Street) and drive straight until you exit Beer- Sheva.

Drive straight for about 32 kilometers (20 miles) to Telalim Junction and then turn left toward Mizpe Ramon.

Turn right at Sede Boqer Junction.

5-6 km (3 1⁄2 miles) ahead is the Sede-Boqer Campus at Midreshet Ben-Gurion. Avoid entering Kibbutz Sede Boqer! The campus and the kibbutz are close but have separate entrances. To the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR)

Once you enter the Sede-Boqer Campus at Midreshet Ben-Gurion, continue straight until you come to a T in the road (there will be a playground straight ahead)

Turn left and continue straight until you reach ZIWR (left of the first roundabout).

The distance from Beer-Sheva to Sede Boqer is 53 kilometers (32 miles) and driving time is approximately 45 min.​


(Text kindly provided by Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev)